Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

  • The Latymer school community has been (and will continue to be) very active during this time, by signing and sharing petitions; using their social media platforms to share important information; creating websites; reaching out to teachers and using a wide range of resources to educate themselves in the issues facing black and ethnic minority communities. We are very proud that Latymer students have taken such an active role in creating change and look forward to seeing how this is continued during the upcoming years both in and out of school.

    We strive to make not only a safe and equal environment but one in which all students feel confident and equally represented within our community. However we understand that we still have a way to go to achieve this, and that we, as students, must continue this work if we are to help make a difference. Therefore, if you have anything you would like to say or contribute to help make a change to the school, please reach out to a teacher, member of ACS, or one of the current senior pupils, who will be more than willing to pass on your ideas and help you to create the change you wish to see.

    If you want to be kept updated on and get involved in the changes being made in Latymer, as well as learn more about Afro-Caribbean culture and current issues surrounding race in the UK and in school, make sure you follow '@latymer_acs' on instagram.

  • On 25th May George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, at the hands of police. His death, and the murders of countless other Black people in the USA have prompted protests across the world and opened up a discussion about modern day racism. You will have no doubt seen the tens of thousands of people taking to London’s streets, the protestors pulling down statues of slave owners in Bristol and the discussion that has opened up on social media, all in the name of those killed not only in the USA, but here in Britain too. In the current landscape we at Latymer feel it is important to state that we are absolutely committed to the fight against the systemic and institutional racism that plagues Britain today.

    We believe the primary way to eradicate racism is through education. As educators, we are in a position to teach our young people about both Britain’s racist past and the ways in which our institutions and society today work against Black people. We believe to understand race relations it is vital to understand how British society developed. It is only then that we will understand all the ways in which Black, and other minority peoples have been discriminated against in our shared history. We must confront that historic racism and commit ourselves to confining it to history.

    With that in mind I have met (virtually) with students to discuss how as a school we can ensure we are teaching about racism and work to eliminate it both inside and outside of school. We want to put a long term plan in place to ensure our work does not stop when #BLM stops trending, but that we are consistently teaching about race and how our students and staff can be actively anti-racist. In the short term our students are preparing assemblies and a newsletter to address recent events and provide resources as a starting point in our anti-racist education. In the long term we are committed to the following goals:

    1. Address the whitewashing of our curriculum, looking at History and English. Although we have little control over the GCSE curriculum, in other years we would like to look at where we can improve our schemes of work to include more perspectives from people of colour. Music and art have already made changes to celebrate the contribution of black artists.

    2. The students I met with also expressed their desire to increase school’s outreach. We will therefore be investigating how we can help BAME students taking the 11+ to encourage diversity in the school.

    3. Although we frequently have guest speakers coming into school, our students requested more speakers who would come to speak explicitly about race and their experience of race in the UK.

    4. Set up a BAME group/society. We envision this society would have membership, a dedicated noticeboard and newsletter and hold regular assemblies. This group will ensure that the black lives matter agenda is prominent in our school; we want this to be a long term project for The Latymer School.

    5. Celebrate black lives with a display celebrating the achievements in black culture in the Great Hall corridor.

    Above all, we are devoted to ensuring Latymer is a safe and welcoming school where students of all races feel accepted, and celebrated. We are lucky to live in one of the most diverse cities in the world and strongly believe it is that diversity that makes London great. We want to ensure our school continues to represent that diversity.

  • The Governors of The Latymer School recognise that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people continue to experience overt racism in the United Kingdom and abroad. Latymer does not tolerate racism and we will do all we can to push forward in the fight against it. As Governors we support our students, staff and wider community in the fight against racism, and ensure there are internal equality and behaviour policies which are strictly adhered to. The Governing Body supports the school in promoting equality and dealing with any related issues.

    We stand in solidarity against racism